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Rose Corrigan

Rose Corrigan, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Office: School of Law, Room 265
Phone: 215.571.4736


  • PhD, Political Science, Rutgers University, 2004

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Women and politics
  • Public law
  • American politics and policy



Rose Corrigan is a law and society scholar who has a particular interest in social movements and the law.

Professor Corrigan was a visiting scholar with the Feminism & Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School and previously was on the faculty of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the Department of Government. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the American Association of University Women. She also completed fellowships with the American Association of Univeristy Women and with the Rutgers University Center for American Women & Politics and Eagleton Institute of Politics.

Professor Corrigan has worked in the fields of reproductive rights and with survivors of sexual and domestic violence for more than 15 years at organizations including Women Organized Against Rape, the Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County and the Philadelphia Women’s Medical Fund.

She currently is completing a book which examines the intersection of social movements and public policy in the area of violence against women.

Selected Publications:

  • Talking to Strangers: The Troubled Legacy of Feminist Rape Law Reform, book manuscript in preparation (expected completion December 2010).
  • “Making Meaning of Megan’s Law,” Law & Social Inquiry, 31(2): 267, 5/2006.
  • Review of Catharine A. MacKinnon, Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws, in Law and Politics Book Review, Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association, 8/2005.
  • “The Local Failures of Policy Successes: The Impact of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Programs on Rape Case Processing,” paper presented, Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, May 2010.
  • “When is a Rapist a Sex Offender? The Perverse Consequences of Sex Offender Laws,” invited speaker, University of Chicago Center for Gender & Sexuality conference on “What’s Queer About Sex Offenders?,” May 2010.
  • “When Rights are Wrong: Why Emergency Contraception Laws Fail Rape Victims,” invited speaker at The City University of New York—College of Staten Island, April 2010.
  • “Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims: Comparing Compliance and Explaining Implementation,” paper presented, Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association, March 2009.
  • “What’s Wrong with Rape?,” invited presentation, Emory Law School Feminism & Legal Theory Project Faculty Colloquium, October 2008.
  • “Taking Rape Away from the State: Community-based SANE Programs,” paper presented, Annual Meeting of the Law & Society Association, May 2008.
  • “What’s Wrong with Feminism? Learning from Rape Care Workers,” paper presented, Annual Meeting of the American Politics Science Association, September 2007.
  • “Why Roe Still Stands,” roundtable participant, Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2006.